The Osun State government has denied involvement in the attack on the Oranmiyan House, the political office of the immediate past Governor and Interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode.
The state government said the Commissioner of Police had been directed to catch perpetrators of the attack and bring them before the law.
It warned parents and guardians to be “more vigilant with their children and wards, to predict occasions where they become instruments in the hands of trouble makers.”
The government also said that it was wicked for anyone to attribute such mischief to a government that had invested heavily in the peace of the state.
The statement partly read, “The accusation that the government of Mr Adegboyega Oyetola had anything to do with Thursday’s attack on the Oranmiyan House is sad and laughable. It defies reasoning that a man who has invested so much in the peace of Osun in the last three years will descend that low.
“This government is united; it has all its ducks in a row. The Party is also united and its status and activities have been ratified by the national secretariat. There are no reasons to join issues with anyone, let alone engaging in violent act.
“Those who are grabbing at straws to stay afloat, especially because their rebels’ den has fallen like a pack of cards, should try to fix their fortunes instead of blaming everybody, but themselves, for what has happened to them.”
However, the Chairman of the Rauf Aregbesola’s faction in the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rasaq Salinsile in an official reaction to the incident, called on security agencies in the state to be alive to their responsibility and prevent havoc on the residents.
The statement read in parts, “Today’s attacks climaxed a litany of others on members of the APC who are opposed to the style of governance and party administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the state.
“On the 18th of November last year, a similar attack was carried out in the daylight when gunmen shot into the crowd of members at the same Oranmiyan House. Till date, nothing has been heard of that incident.
“Just on Tuesday, thugs were sent after party members in Ikirun during a Federal Constituency meeting. The police, rather than arrest the thugs that unleashed mayhem on elderly women and men, went from house to house of our leaders and members to arrest them in a midnight raid.
“They were on Wednesday sent to Ilesa correctional centre. At this stage, all we can do is to alert the whole world to the fast descent into anarchy under the watch of Governor Oyetola and in particular, the devilish plot to mow down APC leaders and members who refuse to go along with him on his misadventure.
“We call on the security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, be alive to their duties before more havoc are wreaked by the desperation of the Governor.”
Gunmen on Thursday attacked Oranmiyan House, a place used as a campaign office by Aregbesola which is located in the Coca Cola Area of Osogbo, Osun State.